(F) flourine (U) uranium (C) carbon (K) potassium (Bi) bismuth (Tc) technetium (He) helium (S) sulfur (Ge) germanium (Tm) thulium (O) oxygen (Ne) neon (Y) yttrium.
This girl totally went to NYU and sat next to me in my Molecular and Cellular Bio lab.
This is a rant based mostly in a comment I saw a long time ago on another site. It went something like this:
“Yuma is a dumbass for calling anyone he duels a friend. It’s a really stupid, impractical policy, and he’s ignoring that that person probably hates his guts.”
My issue isn’t really even with the argument itself, but with the flaw that lies underneath it:
“Friend” is a really terrible translation of the word “nakama” in this context.
One of the basic tenants of Yu-Gi-Oh has always been that a game is the bare-fisted, all-out, one-on-one battle between two souls. If YGO were a different shonen anime, it might be ninja battles instead of card games, or sword fights, or maybe ninja sword fight battles. The souls aren’t just fighting – they’re being tested; they’re being judged against each other; their worth is compared against each other, with the game acting as the mediator and the medium. I mean, that’s what a Shadow Game literally is. And that concept carried over when Shadow Games were dropped.
And what’s more, YGO posits that, with two people who have undergone this judgement, their souls have touched in a way that the souls of two people who haven’t dueled never will. The duelists claim, “I’ve dueled you – I know your soul,” because decks = souls and playing style = character. The protagonists claim this bond between their opponents because they’ve seen their opponents’ souls in this unique way.
So when Yuma’s saying, “I can’t let you go, because you’re my friend,” he’s not saying, “Hey, Tron! I forgive you for everything you’ve done! Let’s go get pizza! Have you seen the new ESPer Robin movie?” because, yeah. That’s dumb. He’s saying, “By fighting toe-to-toe with your soul, I have forged an unbreakable bond with you. I would never be able to live with myself if I abandoned it.”
“Friend” is a bad translation, because the English word “friend” doesn’t accurately convey what he means.
I mean, is this belief about unbreakable bonds dumb? … Maybe. If we’re standing outside in reality, this dead. serious. take on games - and even friendship - is a little bit dumb, because it’s not always realistic. It’s an ideal. Yu-Gi-Oh likes to teach ideals. Yu-Gi-Oh is an idealistic show.
And this ideal has always been a core of the show. This is the very first thing you have to suspend your disbelief on to watch this show – it comes even before “Card Games are Serious Business in terms of their sociopolitical impact,” or, “Hair really can look like that.” It’s why everyone duels about everything: because games are treated as a microcosm of all of human conflict and all of human emotion. You might even say:
So yeah, you can call Yuma dumb for believing this. But you’d better be prepared to call every protagonist in the history of Yu-Gi-Oh dumb too.
Or maybe you’d be better off admitting that you’ve been watching the wrong show all along.
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Everyone has a backbone. Use yours.
you know what i really like about this, is that it shuts the “it’s not offensive, it just means [alternate definition]” crowd right the fuck down. good.
Where has this been all my life